Cause of death uncertain for diver found with shark bites
Preliminary results of an autopsy were unable to determine whether a diver found off Maui on Friday was killed by a shark or died of other causes and then was bitten.
Maui Police Lt. Glenn Cuomo said it will take more time to determine Anthony Moore's exact cause of death.
Moore, 45, who was visiting from San Jose, Calif., went diving in South Maui at a place known as Five Graves, a popular snorkeling site about a mile offshore.
Moore's wife told police that he was planning to free-dive off Makena and was expected back at 5 p.m. On Friday morning Moore's body was found with shark bites about 400 yards offshore.
Officials closed a three-mile stretch of coastline Friday from Black Sand Beach to the Kea Lani Hotel as a precaution. The beaches were reopened about noon yesterday, after lifeguards and state Department of Land and Natural Resources officials searched the waters for sharks and found none.
Maui Kayaks tour guide Chris Corbat found body parts bobbing in the water Friday and called for a dive boat to pick up the remains.
"It was very unnerving. That was a live human being," Corbat said. "We dive there all the time. It's a beautiful spot, not only for scuba but for diving and paddling."
The last fatal shark attack in Hawaii waters happened in April 2004.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.